Cougar Staff Newsletter
Staff Newsletter - April 15, 2021
A Message from Dr. Toni Hicks
This has been a great week in Jarrell ISD! If you are watching our social media accounts, you’ll know some highlights include, we had student athletes participate in the area track meet and several advanced to regionals. The Jarrell High School one-act-play is performing at regionals today (break a leg!). It was announced last night our FFA members advanced to the state competition. Today students and staff rallied together and wore purple to support the children of military service members. We are announcing this week our campus-level teachers-of-the-year and paraprofessionals-of-the-year. And this Saturday, Jarrell High School is holding Prom!
Phew! That is an impressive list! Congratulations to everyone involved in these activities. These achievements take hard work, perseverance, and dedication. Let’s continue these celebrations as we go into the weekend.
Proud Jarrell Cougar,
"Just How Big is Jarrell ISD?"
Jarrell ISD covers about 84 square miles and includes the City of Jarrell, Sonterra, and even parts of Sun City and the City of Georgetown. There are 16,894 registered voters who reside in Jarrell ISD within Williamson County. And. Every. Vote. Counts!
Want to know more?
Follow this link and enter your name and birth date and select your address to see your sample ballot: https://www.wilco.org/Departments/Elections.
Make a plan to vote!
Early voting begins on Monday, April 19. Jarrell ISD’s Administration Building is our local voting site, 108 East Avenue F. To find another early voting location, visit https://www.jarrellisdbond.com/voting-info
Know the Facts: Virtual Bond Presentation on April 20
Congratulations to the Employees of the Year!
This week, Jarrell ISD is very proud to celebrate shining stars amongst our staff members. Earlier this spring, staff nominated and voted for the paraprofessional-of-the-year and teacher-of-the-year to represent their campus, and the winners for the 2020-21 school year are:
Charli Gick, Jarrell High School
Sandi Dotson, Jarrell Middle School
Audrey Zuniga, Jarrell Elementary
Kelly Henrickson, Igo Elementary
Tara Granberry, Jarrell High school
Brad Louder, Jarrell Middle School
Kadie Tibbetts, Igo Elementary
Michelle West, Jarrell Elementary
A selection committee will determine a single district elementary-level winner and a single secondary-level winner for Teacher-of-the-Year. Those two finalists will go on to the regional level with the chance of advancing to the statewide recognition program.
Congratulations to these awesome employees for being recognized by your peers. We sincerely appreciate your service to the students of Jarrell ISD!
Jarrell Middle School Bands Earn Excellent Ratings at Concert and Sight Reading
Congratulations to the Jarrell Middle School Bands at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Evaluations.
The combined Symphonic and Concert Band, under the direction of Mr. Ryan Oster, received Excellent ratings (2) for their stage performance and Superior Ratings (1) for their Sight Reading.
The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Stephen Grant, received Superior Ratings (1) for their stage performance and Superior Ratings (1) for their Sight Reading. This results in the Sweepstakes Award.
This is the fifth consecutive year of First Divisions our Middle School Bands have received at UIL.
Joseph Shamburger is the Area Champion with a time of 14.61 and is advancing to Regionals
Congratulations to Jasmine Benavidez is the Area Champion in the 800! She earned a new personal record AND school record!
Saniya Anderson places 4th in the 800M and advances to Regionals! Woohoo! We are so PROUD!
Joseph Shamburger placed second and is moving on to Regionals in the triple jump!
4th place at the Area Meet in the discus with a throw of 123”11
Macy Taber places 6th in the discus at the Area track meet.
Emerson Kirby placed third at Area and qualified for Regionals and Brennan Wilson places 6th. Great job!
Gianna Wilson is the Area 19-20 4aaaa 100m hurdle Champion. She will compete at the Regional Meet next week.
Varsity boys placed SECOND in the 4X200 and advance to the Regional Meet! We LOVE it! Great job!
AREA CHAMPION! Joseph Shamburger takes FIRST and advances to the Regional meet in the 300MH!
Students at Igo Elementary participated in the Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee with Dr. Toni Hicks to share their ideas on how to improve their school.
A big THANK YOU to the Sun City Kiwanis Club for inviting Dr. Hicks to be a guest and share information about the 2021 Bond Election with members.
News and Information
Updates to COVID-19 Protocols
At last night’s School Board meeting, the Trustees voted to update the district's COVID-19 mitigation protocols. These updates come after careful review of TEA’s most recent guidance and Williamson County being moved from the red to orange phase. Jarrell ISD currently has 1 COVID positive case.
We are thankful that most Jarrell ISD staff have had the opportunity to get vaccinated. Because staff members are now more protected through vaccine access, and positive cases are down, Jarrell ISD is able to make some adjustments to our practices as we move toward a more typical learning environment.
Jarrell ISD staff, administrators, and community members reviewed TEA’s guidance and made the following recommendations based on our community’s needs.
COVID-19 Safety Protocol Updates:
Jarrell ISD students, teachers and staff will continue with current practices for mask wearing while in doors through the end of the school year, with the following exceptions:
During PE and recess masks are optional when actively exercising
Masks will be encouraged but optional for all outdoor activities, including extracurricular activities.
Students will be allowed mask breaks. Teachers and staff will give permission to students to briefly remove their masks when socially distanced (6 feet apart) and in well-ventilated areas. (ie: hallway or outside)
Jarrell ISD is reducing the number of quarantine days due to “close contact” exposure from 14 to 10 days.
If a student or staff member is symptomatic for COVID-19, in order to return to school before the 10-day quarantine, he/she must provide a negative PCR test. The district will not accept the results of a RAPID test if the individual is symptomatic.
Parents and community members can attend some school events, indoors with a mask and outside a mask is optional. Principals will develop event-specific procedures regarding limited capacity and social distancing.
Parents will not be allowed to be around other students without a mask on campus. No lunch visitors yet due to limited space for social distancing.
Following updated CDC guidelines, social distance guidelines will be reduced from 6 feet to 3 feet when masks are worn.
Jarrell ISD will continue to closely monitor student and staff positive cases, community spread, Williamson County phase status, and the Wilco Health Department guidance. The district may revise the practices again should the number of positive cases rise again.
Tell your friends: Job Fair on April 29 from 5-7 p.m.
Come to the job fair and meet the principals from Jarrell High School, Jarrell Middle School, Jarrell Elementary, and Igo Elementary and department directors for Transportation, Custodial, Maintenance, and Food Service. Bring your resume.
Pre-K and Kindergarten Enrollment Days
Packet Pick-up is May 3-7 at Igo and Jarrell Elementary. All paperwork should be completed at home. Call your child's school and set up an appointment at Igo Elementary on May 18 from 2-7 p.m. and Jarrell Elementary on May 19 from 2-7 p.m. Only completed packets with all of the required documentation will get processed during scheduled appointments.
Register Today! Healthy Kids Running Series
Summer Meal Program Begins June 1
Children need nutritious meals to learn, grow and thrive — even when school is outWith the Summer Meal Programs, children and teens ages 18 and younger, and enrolled students with disabilities up to 21 years old can continue to eat healthy throughout the summer at no cost.
No form of identification is required, kids simply show up. Meal service begins June 1, the meal site will be Igo Elementary.
We will be serving breakfast & lunch for Summer School/Summer Feeding serving breakfast from 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and lunch service from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- April 19-27 Early Voting (No Sunday Voting)
- April 21 - Board of Trustees Meeting, Admin Annex, 6:30 p.m.
- May 1 - Election Day
- May 19 - Board of Trustees Meeting, Admin Annex, 6:30 p.m.
- May 27 - Last Day of School
- May 31 - Memorial Day
- June 1 - Summer Meal Program Begins